Report by Paula Antolini, August 10, 2021, 6:08PM EDT
Parents, are you aware of the numerous meetings taking place nationwide by the school system, involving methods to teach your child about an ideology that relates to Critical Race Theory (CRT)?
“Critical race theory (CRT) is an academic movement of civil-rights scholars and activists in the United States who seek to critically examine U.S. law as it intersects with issues of race in the U.S. and to challenge mainstream American liberal approaches to racial justice.
“CRT views race and white supremacy as an intersectional social construction which serves to oppress people of color and marginalized communities at large (i.e gender and class).
“CRT emphasizes that merely making laws colorblind on paper may not be enough to make the application of the laws colorblind; ostensibly colorblind laws can be applied in racially discriminatory ways.”
Learn more about how present day educators think, and are influencing your children. Is there need for concern?
The Connecticut Association of Schools is holding a “Virtual Equity Summit Series,” the first part is, “Learning and Leading for Systemic Racial and Social Justice,” a webinar taking place on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 8:00AM to 3:30PM EST via Zoom.
The summit is described as follows:
“Where equity is the mindset, equality is the result. All our children, regardless of their life circumstances, deserve an excellent education that helps them reach high standards of performance. The key to unlocking that potential in every child is ensuring that he or she is embraced in a culture of high expectations and learns from great teachers in a great school run by great leaders.” – The Connecticut State Board of Education’s Five-year Comprehensive Plan, 2016–21.
We share a strong commitment to reflecting, acknowledging, and adjusting beliefs and actions around equity through the lens of race and culture. We will collaborate to provide opportunities for educators to explore and dive deeper into understanding the structural and personal barriers that contribute to educational inequity. We are using this summit as a springboard for putting theory into action across a continuum of starting points and understandings by transforming systems to ensure racial and social justice.
Education Equity Summit Schedule for August 11, 2021
8:15 am – Welcome
8:30 am – Opening Remarks by Dr. Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Education
8:45 am – Student Equity Video
9:00 am – Critical Analysis and Self-Reflection
9:25 am – Keynote 1: Dr. Yohuru Williams
10:40 am – Student Equity Advisory Panel Conversation
11:35 am – Morning Breakout Sessions
12:45 pm – Afternoon Breakout Sessions
1:55 pm – Charlene Russell-Tucker
2:15 pm – Keynote 2: Drs. Daren Graves and Scott Seider
3:15 pm – Reflection and Wrap-up
Should Schools Ban Critical Race Theory? View podcast here.
Did you know that Critical Race Theory (CRT) is banned in 6 states (read here) and pending bans in at least 18 more?
Editor Note: We have a discussion planned with Bethel Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Christine Carver, and are waiting for feedback from all our local Connecticut Senators and Representatives, about their views on CRT, article to follow.